Originally Posted by enricoclaudio
I sent an email to Lonnie a few days ago and still waiting for his response regarding ETA for the ATMOS upgrade. At the Lounge, somebody said that Big Dan will be announcing the ATMOS upgrade at AXPONA. Let's be honest, even if Emotiva releases the ATMOS update, it's going to take at least 1 year (if not more) for it to be free of bugs. The XMC-1 ATMOS upgrade is based on the RMC-1 and we all know that the RMC-1 is having serious issues with ATMOS. Dirac is not even available for the RMC-1 yet and most likely it won't be for the XMC-1 for a a certain period of time after the ATMOS upgrade. So, because I want ATMOS, I'm getting a Denon X6500H as a temporary solution until the XMC-1 ATMOS upgrade is available and free of bugs. In fact, if the Denon X6500H prove to be good enough for movies, I would keep it for movies only and use the XMC-1 for music only without upgrading it to ATMOS as I love the Dolby PLIIx up mixer for music better than the new Dolby Surround, which would be gone for good after the ATMOS upgrade.
I was just reading your posts on the RMC-1 thread about an alternative while you wait.
If you are running all XLR to your amplifiers, I recommend finding a used Marantz 7703 or 7704 so you don't have to deal with the RCA to XLR conversion as you switch back and forth. The Marantz just works (as does the Denon), and the used value will not change significantly in the next year, so you aren't going to lose much (if any) when you get rid of it. And if you keep it for movies, you still have a great processor.
I don't think you gain anything other than more channel capability with the 6500. I don't recall if the Denon 6500 had any better D/A converters than the Marantz 7700 series, but even if it does, you won't hear the difference on movies IMHO.
I truly loved the sound of the XMC-1, but even on a 5.1 system it had flaws. I'm just not sure I want to wait another year or more to get Atmos in my XMC-1 and still have a unit that has flaws (muting with no signal and then not "waking" to small OSD sounds reliably, volume ticks, etc.) Sadly, I can imagine gaining Atmos only to lose even more reliability and have more small issues that will just serve to irritate me.
I am anxiously awaiting Monolith's entry into this market. But thankfully audio is not my focus lately, so I am patient. I already have a video upgrade in the works, plus enough other projects to keep me busy for the next 1-2 years, not to mention my theater isn't even 100% complete yet, so I probably won't have the bug to get my audio dialed in to perfection for at least a year, maybe 2. And when I do, I will start with acoustic treatments, which I left a lot of room to add behind panels. And to be quite honest, the Marantz sounds great. I don't even use Audyssey, I just tweaked the 10k+ range up a few db to compensate for the microperf screen and the cloth over the speakers and I'm happy with the sound. Even playing over 100db (with subs hitting over 120db) the sound is not harsh at all. It took a lot of treatment and the XMC-1 with Dirac to say that on my last theater, so while I have room for improvement, I am not in any immediate need.
Now I guess I am the one going off on a tangent. Bottom line, while I know the Marantz isn't the "end game" for me, I am quite happy with it. I am so disappointed in Emotiva lately that I may just go ahead and sell my XMC-1 and abandon the idea of sticking with Emo even in the next couple years. If the RMC-1 was living up to the hype from the last couple years of shows, I might be persuaded to spring for it, but the last thing I need is another disappointing piece of high dollar tech.